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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: May 6, 2009
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Conviction would cost Richburg his pension


Sansom would also stand to lose benefits


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Having lost his paycheck, for-
mer college president James R.
Richburg would stand to forfeit
his state retirement income as
well if convicted on the charge of
official misconduct lodged
against him last month.
The Florida Retirement


Destin


Jet


opens


doors

Airport hangar
plans figured in
Sansom probe

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Destin Jet, whose name fig-
ured in events cited in a report by
a state grand jury that indicted
two prominent public officials,
began operations as a fixed-base
operator (FBO) at the county-
owned Destin Airport April 27,
according to the company.
Destin Jet is a competitor of
Miracle Strip Aviation, for 30
years Destin Airport's only FBO,
or service of the thousands of
private planes that use the airport.
In April, 3,356 aircraft landed
at Destin Airport, according to
David Miner, leases manager for
the Okaloosa County Airport
Administration.
A building proposed by
Destin Jet became the subject of
controversy even before the com-
pany opened for business last
week.
State Rep. Ray Sansom (R-
Destin) and Northwest Florida
State College President James R.
Richburg were indicted April 17
on official-misconduct charges
concerning the purpose of a $6
million state appropriation for a
planned college building at
Destin Airport. (Neither Destin
Jet nor its owner, Jay Odom, was
accused of any wrongdoing.)
The grand jury alleged that
the building, which the college
insisted it would use to teach
emergency operations, was at
one point actually intended as a
Please see JET, page A-7


System said it has blocked
Richburg's $8,803 monthly retire-
ment checks beginning this
month. State law requires the
forfeiture of pension rights by any
state- or local-government
employee convicted of official
misconduct.
If Richburg is convicted on the
charge, the state would also act to


"claw back" about $600,000 it
has already paid out in Richburg
pension monies, officials say.
Richburg, 64, of Niceville,
was fired from his $228,000-a-
year job as president of
Northwest Florida State College
last month after he and state Rep.
Ray Sansom, R-Destin, were
indicted April 17 in an alleged


deal to
secure $6
million in
-- )A taxpayer
funds for
what a state
grand jury
said was
intended as
James R. Richburg a private air-
plane hangar
dressed as college classrooms.
Richburg was also indicted on


one count of perjury. Both men
have pleaded not guilty.
The Florida Division of
Retirement Friday said it was
notifying Richburg by mail that
his Florida Retirement System
(FRS) monthly benefit check has
been suspended effective this
month, according to Sarabeth
Snuggs, division director.
Snuggs' agency put a "legal
block" on Richburg's state retire-
ment account after the Leon


County Clerk of Court notified
the division last week of
Richburg's indictment.
A legal block was also placed
on Sansom's state retirement plan
as a result of his misconduct
indictment by the same grand jury,
according to Snuggs. However,
Sansom, 46, is not retired and has
not been drawing pension checks,
although he has about 20 years of
Please see RICHBURG, page A-8


Rules of the road Hay fever

sufferer booted

# from plane


in flu scare

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
A sniffling passenger at Northwest Florida
Regional Airport said she was kicked off her plane
last week because the pilot thought she might have
the flu.
Heather Williams, a Destin resident who has sea-
i a.y sonal allergies, said she was asked to deplane after a
At eei crew member on a Continental Express flight at the


SWilliams was on an early-
morning flight to California
April 27 to visit her daughter.
"I sneezed once and blew
my nose once while I was in
ithe waiting area," recalled
| Williams, a hay-fever sufferer
who said she didn't have
influenza.
After she got on the plane Heather Williams
.there were technical difficulties,
.... : so passengers waited on board.
"I blew my nose twice more during the time we
were waiting to get the technical difficulties taken
VIcare of," continued Williams. "During that time the
ticket agent I had dealt with in the airport came
.-- down the aisle and asked me to step off the plane,
which I did. When I walked past the stewardess she
-. had put on a mask and everyone was staring at me:'
The agent told her that a crew member, "mainly
Beacon photo by Del Lessard the captain," she said, "had a concern that I was sick
and didn't want me on his plane." Williams told the
Students at Valparaiso Elementary School last week were learning how to stay safe in traffic when riding agent that she had allergies and that she was not
bicycles or scooters in special classes taught by Linda Holloway, physical education teacher. Valparaiso is sick
the only public school in Okaloosa County that teaches bike safety, school officials said. From left: Noah "He went.backandtalkedtothe captain;' she said.
Kelly, Alexis McKissack, Talia Holman and Hannah Turley, all 9 years old.IPl e ec pa eA
Please see FLU, page A-8


White takes top college post


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
"Let's have an adventure!"
That's what Jill White and her
husband, John, decided 30 years ago
after meeting as first-year staff
members at Austin (Texas)
Community College.
It also describes Jill White's


enthusiasm for teaching. Now 62,
Dr. Jill White last week was
appointed interim president of
Northwest Florida State College
(NWFSC) after 12 years as a key
administrator and teacher at the
Niceville-based school. She was
elevated to the top post after the
ouster of James R. Richburg, presi-


dent since 1987, following his
indictment on official-misconduct
and perjury charges.
White said last week that the col-
lege had a longstanding policy on
who fills in for whom when there's
an absence, whether it be a vacation,
death or other event. As senior vice
president, she was already aware of


her responsibilities when Richburg
placed himself on leave the day he
was indicted by a state grand jury
April 17, and when he was dis-
missed by the college board of
trustees April 28.
In 1977, armed with a degree in


Please see COLLEGE, page A-9 Jill White in office.


Food World


stores sold


in bank uptcy


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The sale of Bruno's
Supermarkets stores was
approved Monday in U.S.
Bankruptcy Court, Birmingham,
Ala.
Under the agreement, which
was expected to be signed no
later than Tuesday morning by
Chief Judge Benjamin Cohen,
Southern Family Markets, a retail
subsidiary of C&S Wholesale
Grocers, will buy assets of the
56-store chain for $45.8 million.
Southern Family, based in
Birmingham, will continue oper-
ating 31 of the stores while liqui-
dating and closing the remaining
25. The stores, in Alabama and


the Florida Panhandle, employ
about 4,000 workers, many of
whom will lose their jobs in the
closures.
Among the stores to remain
open under the Food World name
are markets in Niceville and
Mary Esther. The Bruno's
Supermarket in Destin will be
closed.
Bruno's, founded in 1933,
filed for bankruptcy earlier this
year and closed 10 stores shortly
thereafter. This is Bruno's sec-
ond stint in bankruptcy court.
C&S was brought to the table
by the United Food and
Commercial Workers Union
Local 1657, which represents,
Please see SOLD, page A-9


A grateful

nation
The fifth Honor Flight from
Florida's First
Congressional District car-
ried 103 Northwest Florida
World War II veterans and
their helpers from
Pensacola to Washington,
D.C., April 29 on a free,
one-day trip to see the
World War II Memorial and
other war monuments.
Here, the group poses for
a photograph before the
Iwo Jima monument.
Story, A-4.

Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books


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I For 17 years the volGe of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso 0







Wednesday, May 6, 2009


.THE BEACON


Arrests
A 12-year-old Valparaiso boy,
a student, was arrested by
Valparaiso police April 23 for bat-
tery, domestic violence. The boy
allegedly became angry when he
found out he was not getting what
he wanted for dinner, then threw
an iron on the floor. When a 66-
year-old woman tried to gain con-
trol of the boy the child grabbed
her by the arms and pushed her
into the wall, then threw the iron
again, causing it to break.

Ronald John McDaniels, a
laborer, 42, of 1322 Cedar St.,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police April 27 for pos-
session of less than 20 grams of
marijuana, subsequent to arresting
McDaniels on an Okaloosa
County warrant for violation of
probation.

Linda Forstrom Burke, a deliv-
ery person, 45, of 104 Crystal
Lake Lane, Valparaiso, was arrest-
ed by sheriffs deputies April 23
on a misdemeanor worthless
checks charge, two counts.

Michael Alan Nichols, a con-
struction worker, 42, no address
listed, was arrested by Niceville
police, at the Okaloosa County
Jail, April 21, on a misdemeanor
theft charge. The theft allegedly
occurred in September 2008 when
Nichols failed to fully reimburse a
bank, 1020 E. John Sims
Parkway, Niceville, for with-
drawals made by Nichols on a
new account he had opened with


worthless checks
banks.


from other


Amanda Liane Slayton, a
pharmacy tech, 29, of 505
Johnson St., Valparaiso, and with
a permanent address in Wichita
Falls, Texas, was arrested by sher-
iffs deputies April 22 for posses-
sion of a controlled substance and
theft.
Slayton was allegedly
observed by Wal-Mart surveil-
lance taking a bottle containing
Loritab pills from the shelf of the
pharmacy where she was working
and placing eight of the pills in
her mouth and ingesting the pills
while drinking a soda. Slayton
was observed again April 22 tak-
ing eight pills from a bottle of
Loritab pills and placing them in
her mouth, at which time she was
detained and the pills recovered.
The 16 pills were valued at $5.36.

Michael Stephen Nobles, a
security worker, 58, of 1118
Rhonda Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriffs deputies April
9 for possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon, four counts.

Charles Michael Morgan, a
communications technician, 36,
of 428 E. Eden Park Drive, Santa
Rosa, was arrested by Niceville
police April 15 for lewd and las-
civious conduct on a victim under
the age of 16. The alleged con-
duct occurred in Niceville in the
summer of 2007.

Joseph Jeffery La Grosse, 30,
of 144 Meadowbrook court,


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Location
Valparaiso Boulevard
W. John Sims Parkway
E. John Sims Parkway
N. Partin/N. Palm Blvd.
E. John Sims Parkway
E. John Sims Parkway
Crestview Avenue
W. College Blvd.
Rue de Palms
Deer Street
Jefferson Street
Camelia Place
Government & SR20
Reeves Street
Ginko & College Blvd.
Forest Road
Fall Street
Government & SR20
E. College Blvd.
Regatta Drive
Redwood Avenue
E. John Sims Parkway


Situation
Smoke investigation
Brush fire
Vehicle crash
Vehicle crash
Medical
Medical
Medical
Medical
Medical
Illegal burning
Illegal burning
Medical
Brush fire
Illegal burning
Illegal burning
Canceled on scene
Medical
Brush fire
Power line down
Medical
Medical
Medical


Date
4/27/09
4/27/09
4/27/09
4/27/09
4/28/09
4/28/09
4/29/09
4/29/09
4/29/09
4/29/09
4/30/09
4/30/09
4/30/09
4/30/09
04/30/09
5/1/09
5/2/09
5/2/09
5/2/09
5/2/09
5/3/09
5/3/09


Time
09:21
07:47
17:32
18:05
08:26
12:22
00:10
10:58
19:59
22:48
12:24
14:10
15:08
18:17
19:56
06:30
09:46
11:25
18:30
19:28
01:39
11:05


Weekly Safety Tip: Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street
and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night.
Web Page: http://www.cityofniceville.org/fire.html


Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies April 17 for possession
of a legend drug without a pre-
scription.

Victor Tyron Wilson, a cook,
30, of 400 Kelly Road, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriffs deputies
April 20 for violation of probation
on the original charges of domes-
tic violence battery and driving
while license suspended or
revoked.

DUI arrests
Derrick Dwayne Richardson,
26, of 1842 Shay Lin Court,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs
deputies in Destin for DUI on
Highway 98 and Main Street,
April 23 at 2:17 a.m.

Adam Brice Griffin, 32, of 318
Boxer Ave., Niceville, was arrest-
ed by sheriffs deputies for DUI on
Highway 85 at Asian Garden,,
Crestview, April 17 at 2:56 a.m.

Thefts
A Niceville resident from the
500 block of Hickory Avenue
reported April 27 that her


unlocked car had been burglar-
ized.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Nathey Street report-
ed that while he was at work,
between 9 a.m. and noon, April
23, unknown persons) kicked in
the front door to his apartment in
an apparent attempted burglary.
Entry to the residence was not
gained, but the door was broken
around the handle.

A woman reported that a set of
checks may have been stolen from
her purse located in an unlocked
office while she was working at
143 John Sims Parkway,
Valparaiso, April 10. The
woman's bank reported three
checks had been written on her
account but were not processed
due to lack of funds. The check
fraud occurred while the victim
was hospitalized. The victim said
she needed to report the theft to
avoid $90 in overdraft fees.

Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso boat owner
dropped charges after neighbor-


North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls April 26 through
May 4.


, Fire Department Reports

Niceville Fire
ceville Fire epa ment responded The following calls April 27 through

0 Structu 0r^.0 Emergency M ical Cal
0 Ve 'tjBieCrashe j
3 Other Fire elWicre Crash Extricaor
4 Illegal Burn 2 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 1 Hazardous Conditions


Date
4/26/09
4/26/09
4/26/09
4/26/09
4/27/09
4/27/09
4/27/09
4/27/09
4/28/09
4/28/09
4/29/09
4/29/09
4/29/09
4/30/09
4/30/09
5/1/09
5/1/09
5/2/09
5/3/09


Time
08:19
14:54
21:27
22:07
02:48
07:10
16:00
20:34
19:43
22:33
11:56
19:09
20:31
20:06
21:33
22:08
23:18
10:58
19:05


Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department
The Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls for
the month of April 2009.


Location
Gregory Avenue
Escanaba Avenue
Edge Avenue
Glen Avenue
Eglin AFB
Glen Avenue
Hidden Cove
Glen Avenue
Southview Avenue
Grandview Avenue
St. Charles Avenue
Wolverine Avenue
S. John Sims Pkwy.
Eglin AFB
Chicago Avenue
Southview Avenue
Government Avenue
Southview Avenue
Edge Avenue
Ohio Avenue
Kelly Mill Road
John Sims Pkwy.
Grandview Avenue
Washington Avenue
Bayshore Drive
Fall Street
Westview Avenue


Situation Type
Heart problem
Sick call
Power line down
OD/poison
Fire mutual aid
Sick call
Seizures
Sick call
Breathing problem
Fall
Fire service call
Sick call
Back pain
Station move up
Chest pain
Abdominal pain
Assault
Choking
Unconscious
Seizures
Psych
Structure fire
Seizures
Hemorrhage
Vehicle fire
Fire/mutual aid
Unconscious


Date
4/1/09
4/1/09
4/2/09
4/2/09
4/2/09
4/3/09
4/4/09
4/5/09
4/5/09
4/9/09
4/10/09
4/11/09
4/12/09
4/13/09
4/14/09
4/14/09
4/17/09
4/17/09
4/17/09
4/17/09
4/22/09
4/23/09
4/23/09
4/23/09
4/24/09
4/24/09
4/25/09


Home Safety Tip: Small fires can be extinguished using a multi-purpose dry
chemical extinguisher. Do you have a fire extinguisher on hand should you need
one? Call 911 to report any fire. Inspect extinguishers monthly using the maunfac-
truer's instructions. Call your Valparaiso Volunteer Fire department at 729-5410 if
assistance is needed.

East Niceville
The East Niceville Fire District responded to 22 calls April 2 through April 29,
2009. Visit our website at www.enfd.net.


Location
Deepwater Lane
Ruckel Drive
Pine Avenue
E. John Sims Pkwy.
46th Street
Range Road
17th Tee CV
Rocky Bayou Bridge
Huntingdon Road
N. Palm Boulevard
Edgewater Drive
Woodbridge Road
Jason Drive
Jason Drive
46th Street
Kumquat Avenue
Maple Avenue
18th Street
Fall Street
SR 285
Bay Drive
27th Street
Hickory


Situation Date
Service call 4/2/09
EMS, excl. vehicle accident w/injury 3/3/09
Water problem/other 4/4/09
vehicle accident w/injury 4/8/09
Extrication from structure 4/9/09
Extrication from vehicle 4/11/09
Distpatched/canceled 4/12/09
Vehicle accident no injury 4/13/09
EMS, excl. vehicle accident w/injury 4/15/09
EMS, excl. vehicle accident w/injury 4/15/09
EMS, exc. vehicle accident w/injury 4/16/09
EMS, excl. vehicle accident w/injury 4/18/09
Rescue/EMS standby 4/20/09
Rescue EMS 4/20/09
EMS, excl. vehicle accident w/injury 4/21/09
False alarm 4/24/09
Brush/grass mixture fire 4/24/09
EMS, excl. vehicle accident w/injury 3/25/09
100 fire, other 4/24/09
Vehicle accident w/injury 4/25/09
Flammable gas/liquid condition, other 4/26/09
Rescue EMS,other 4/29/09
Brush/grass mixture fire 4/29/09


hood juveniles admitted vandaliz-
ing his boat, parked in a common
area on Kelly Way April 21, with
wash-off window paint and silly
string.

Other
Kathryn Mary Berg, a student,


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Orthopedic Surgeon
Board Certified


Steven S. Uonchey, M.U.
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Sports Medicine
Board Certified


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Niceville


1950 Bluewater Blvd. #100


850-897-8081


Destin


7720 Hwy. 98 W. #200


850-622-3713


Time
14:51
16:54
09:12
12:00
22:19
04:39
18:51
10:46
15:16
19:28
14:00
22:30
21:22
21:22
08:11
12:47
21:05
22:36
21:53
14:47
14:54
15:24
19:06


19, of 308 Curacao Way,
Niceville, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriffs deputies April
20 for retail theft. Berg was
allegedly observed at the Fort
Walton Beach Wal-Mart, 748 N.
Beal Parkway, concealing $105
worth of merchandise, including
swim wear, hygiene items and
clothing.

Sheriffs deputies issued sever-
al notices to appear after coming
across an open house party with
juveniles drinking alcohol April
19.
Deputies made contact after
they observed three juveniles in
possession of alcohol in front of a
Destin rental home, at 68
Tranquility Lane, April 19, about
12:27 a.m.
The deputies investigated and
went to the front door, where they
saw through a glass window addi-
tional juveniles mixing vodka and
Kool-aid in the kitchen. The
deputies entered the home, where
they heard loud music and yelling.
Inside the connected garage, there
were approximately 15 juveniles
involved in beer drinking games.
A Niceville husband and wife


were located asleep in an upstairs
bedroom. They denied knowl-
edge of the underage drinking and
denied providing alcoholic bever-
ages to the juveniles and other
underage party-goers.
Michael Frances Willard, a
postal manager, 43, of 14
Hampton Circle, Niceville, and
Sheila Renee Willard, an assistant
manager at a retail store, 41, of the
same address, were each issued a
notice to appear for hosting an
open house party.
Four other people at the Destin
address with Niceville connec-
tions were issued notices to
appear for underage possession of
alcohol: Chelsea Elizabeth
Willard, a student, 18, of 14
Hampton Circle, Niceville;
Ashley N. Austin, a student, 18, of
414 Swift Fox Run, Crestview; a
17-year-old Niceville boy, a stu-
dent; and, a 17-year-old Niceville
girl, also a student. A fifth person,
a 17-year-old girl, was also issued
a notice to appear.


Location Situation Type
White Point Road EMS excluding vehicle
Bay Drive Cooking fire contained
Meadow Woods Lane Unauthorized burn
N. White Point Road EMS excluding vehicle
Parkwood Square EMS excluding vehicle
Hwy 20 & County Line Dispatched/canceled
White Point Road/33 EMS excluding vehicle
Merchants Way EMS excluding vehicle
Marina Cove Drive Lock out
Norwich Circle EMS excluding vehicle
Hampton Circle EMS excluding vehicle
Hickory Street Trash/rubbish fire contained
Hwy 20 & White Point Road Dispatched/canceled
E. Highway 20 Vehicle accident
Caribbean Way EMS excluding vehicle
Merchants Way Medical assist
E. Highway 20 Medical assist
Merchants Way EMS excluding vehicle
Evans Road Dispatched/canceled


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Wednesday, May 6, 2009


THE BEACON


40-lot subdivision proposed


By Stacie Morgan ed-living facility that is under con-
Beacon Staff Writer struction.
The Niceville Planning Currently, the property is
Commission Monday recom- zoned C-1 (limited commercial).
mended approval of a request by Valparaiso Realty requests the
Valparaiso Realty for a rezoning zoning be changed to R-1 (single
of 14 acres on the southwest cor- family residential).
ner of Highway 285 and College The company hopes to build a
Boulevard, just north of an assist- 40-lot subdivision with 2.8 homes


per acre and a minimum lot size of
8,500 square feet, according to
information provided by the city
building inspector's office.
Don Baccadutre, Niceville
building inspector, said homes are
expected to be for "medium-
income" residents.
Rebecca Madonia of


Valparaiso Realty said only that
the residential area was "way far
off from even being built," and
would answer no additional ques-
tions regarding the project.
The recommendation now
goes before the Niceville City
Council, due to discuss the issue
May 12.


Valparaiso


hires fire chief


Victory

lap
Cancer survivors
walk the first lap at
the 12th annual
Niceville Relay for
Life walkathon
Friday at Niceville
High School stadi-
um. Forty-one
organizations took
part in this year's
Relay, which raised
$115,000 for the
American Cancer
Society. About
2,000 people
attended.

Beacon photo
by Kenneth Books


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The same four Valparaiso
city commissioners who have
been stalemated since February
on a hiring decision, finally
came together Thursday and
unanimously voted to hire Mark
Norris as the city's fire chief at
$45,000 a year.
Norris, 50, of Niceville, a
retired Air Force firefighter who
was hired as
the city's
assistant
fire chief in
2004, has
been the
acting fire
chief since
Char lie
Frank sud-
d e n 1 y FrankNorris
resigned the Frank Norris
post in January. The city's fire
department is made up of volun-
teers, plus a paid, full-time fire
chief, paid full-time assistant
fire chief and a few part-time,
paid firefighters.
Norris said he plans to adver-
tise for an assistant fire chief
after meeting with officers of the
volunteer fire department May
14. He said he needs an assis-
tant chief to perform inspec-
tions, public education and fire
prevention functions as well as
operational firefighting duties.


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asked fellow commissioners to
approve the hiring of Norris as
the city's new fire chief.
Volunteer firefighters had rec-
ommended Norris as the person
they wanted in charge.
However, with one commission-
er absent, only the mayor, Bruce
Arnold, voted with Strong to
hire Norris. Commissioners
Brent Smith and Tom Miller
opposed the recommendation
and said the city should adver-
tise the job first.
Four applicants, including
Norris, applied for the adver-
tised job opening.
At their regular April city
commission meeting Strong
again recommended that the city
hire Norris. He told fellow com-
missioners that the volunteer
firefighters had reviewed the job
qualifications and interviewed
each of the four job applicants
and had again recommended
Norris be offered the job.
However, with only the same
four commissioners present
April 13 meeting, a 2-2 vote
again led to a stalemate.
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THE BEACON


Wednesday, May 6, 2009


WWII vets get the thanks they earned


5th Honor Flight takes 103 to D.C. memorial


Charles Bennett Sr., 87, of
Pensacola, a World War II
Navy veteran, examines the
Vietnam War Memorial for
Women in Washington, D.C.


Beacon photos by Kenneth Books
National Park Service volunteer guide George H. Kerestes tells of the creation of the World War
II Memorial, from concept to completion.


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Their hair-for those who still
had some-was uniformly gray,
their skin wrinkled. Hearing aids
and glasses were everywhere.
Cell phones weren't.
These were the World War II
veterans who visited the
Washington, D.C., memorial to
their heroism, a memorial most
never expected to see. The fifth
Emerald Coast Honor Right, car-
rying aging veterans to the
nation's capital, left the
ground Wednesday, 6-T
April 29, carrying 103 T
men and women who
had a hand in defeating 8
fascism in the 1940s,
their guardians and this
reporter.
Before the flight left
Pensacola Regional
Airport, the veterans displayed a
mixture of anticipation, excite-
ment and, to some extent, fatigue.
Many had been up for hours,
unable to sleep as they waited for
the 5 a.m. airport arrival time.
The guardians, or helpers on
the daylong trip, pay their own
way to Washington. Some are
sponsored by churches or civic
groups, while others pay their
expenses out of pocket. Why do
they do it?
"I truly believe they're the
greatest generation," said one


guardian, who gave his name only
as Jack. "We owe the most to
them."
Throughout the day, the veter-
ans were treated with the defer-
ence they deserved. When it was
announced that a snack would be
served on the plane, it was easy to
imagine the typical airplane
"snack"-half a dozen peanuts.
Instead, everyone got a large blue-
berry muffin, a cup of raspberry
yogurt and a mixed fruit cup.
They would get two more filling

his means

everything to me.

-Donald Ros

meals before the day was done.
Arriving at Reagan National
Airport, the veterans were first
honored by a water cannon salute,
courtesy of the Washington, D.C.,
Fire Department. As they filed
into the airport terminal, they
were greeted by dozens of people
waving flags, holding balloons,
applauding and treating them bet-
ter than they would movie stars. A
brass band played patriotic tunes.
Passengers waiting to board
planes stood and applauded.
Everyone was thanked repeatedly
for his service and answered


repeatedly, "I was only doing my
job."
"This is a wonderful trip," said
Paul Bleiler, 86, of Gulf Breeze.
"I can't believe that welcome."
It wasn't uncommon to see
mature, battle-hardened veterans
wiping the mist from their eyes as
they realized the entire airport
was geared up to honor them.
"I was carried away," said Olin
Blocker of Crestview. "It was
more than I expected."
Clarence St. Clair of
Pensacola agreed. "It
made tears run down my
eyes," he said.
SThe first stop for the
veterans was the World
War II Memorial on
s Washington's National
Mall. Although it was
cold, windy and wet, they
braved the elements to see the
monument to their courage and
determination, aided by umbrel-
las provided by the Honor Right
volunteer staff.
A colorful wreath, provided by
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller's office to
commemorate the visit, was dedi-
cated in a brief ceremony, and the
veterans were treated to a disser-
tation about the evolution of the
memorial from concept to cre-
ation by National Park Service
volunteer guide George H.
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WWII
From page A-4

Kerestes.
Kerestes, a retired U.S. gov-
ernment employee, said he has
served as a volunteer guide two
years and, in that time, has shaken
more than 5,000 hands of World
War II veterans.
Why does he brave all kinds of
weather to help at the memorial?
"Because when I was growing
up, I wasn't smart enough to
know the
contribu-
tions these
men and

made," he
said.
Kerestes
pointed out
that the
Vietnam
and Korean Ray Armstrong
war memorials are dedicated to
veterans of those wars, while the
World War II Memorial is dedi-


cated to everyone, service mem-
ber and civilian, who endured
those years of hardship, rationing
and grim page one news.
Ray Armstrong, who will turn
90 in May, of Destin, said the
memorial "just makes me feel
good. It's something to let the
young people realize the sacri-
fices we made in World War II."
Armstrong served in the
Army, doing
duty in
France and
Germany.
"T h i s
ms e a n s
everything
to me," said
Don ald
Ross of
Destin, who
served on Donald Ross
two aircraft carriers in the Navy.
Ross said he hadn't been in
Washington since 1965. "It has
changed so much,":' he said, "but
everybody always says, 'Get to
see the World War II Memorial."'
The trip was partially financed


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Bob Dodge of Navarre, a Navy Seabee in the South Pacific during
World War II, is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.


by $33,000 raised by the school-
children of Santa Rosa County in
a variety of fundraisers. That fact
didn't get past Arthur Sizemore,
85, who spent eight years in the
Navy and 21
in the Air
Force.
"T h is
was a fantas-
tic trip,"' said R
the Bob

Enlisted
Village resi-
dent. "We
need to put a Robert White
big thank you to the schoolchild-
ren of Santa Rosa County." He
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After a hard day of traveling
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THE BEACON


Wednesday, May 6, 2009


County considers pay freezes, furloughs


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Okaloosa County commission-
ers were expecting a large, critical
crowd at their first budget work-
shop for the upcoming fiscal year,
in the aftermath of corruption
scandals and financial revelations
that have plagued county govern-
ment in recent months.
They were not surprised, there-
fore, when about 250 people
came to the Okaloosa County
budget policy workshop, which
was held at the Emerald Coast
Conference Center last week
rather than in the regular commis-
sion chambers in order to accom-
modate the large crowd.
The April 21 meeting began
with a briefing to the commission
and public by County
Administrator Jim Curry, who
explained county budgeting pro-
cedures, then followed up with
some predictions and recommen-
dations for the county budget for
Fiscal Year 2010, which will
begin Oct. 1.
Curry recommended keeping
the county's primary ad valorem
millage rate at the current level of
3.2995, and keeping the supple-
mental 0.18 rate for parks
improvements in unincorporated
areas. The current millage rates
mean that property owners pay
$3.2995 for every $1,000 of
appraised, taxable property value
not counting homestead exemp-
tions and other discounts.
For example, the owner of a
home appraised at $200,000 tax-
able value after all discounts
would pay about $659.90 in pri-


mary property taxes, plus an
additional $36 for parks if the
home is in an unincorporated area
of the county.
At current millage rates,
which Curry said are among the
lowest in Florida, there will still
be a drop of about $6,000,000 in
ad valorem property tax revenue
in the coming year, due to declin-
ing home values during the cur-
rent national economic recession.
Curry also predicted declines in
other sources of revenue, such as
state revenue sharing, sales tax
and gas tax revenues, for a total
drop of about $8,167,350 from
this year's budget of about
$304,080,099.
Curry suggested that to main-
tain the current level of services
to county residents, commission-
ers consider such revenue
enhancing measures as a 1- to 5-
cent fuel tax increase, enacting a
storm water utility assessment, or
boosting growth management
inspection fees.
To hold down expenditures,
Curry suggested that the commis-
sion consider giving no pay
increases to county employees,
and cutting some county jobs
except for hiring two new people
for the county airports depart-
ment and one for the Tourist
Development Council. He also
suggested cutting funding for
county libraries and museums, as
well as social and community
service funding, and a third year
of not replacing county vehicles
except for critical equipment such
as ambulances.
To enhance revenue, said


Curry, he has already instructed
his staff "to apply for every avail-
able state and federal grant and
stimulus fund."
Curry said there are "two
basic philosophies" for dealing
with falling government revenue
during a recession. The first, he
said, is, "If
revenue
falls, cut
services to
match." The
second, he
said, is that
cuts in gov-
ernment4
spending,
including Jim Curry
employee layoffs, only worsen an
economic decline.
A detailed version of Curry's
52-page briefing is posted on the
county web site at
www.co.okaloosa.fl.us.
Not all commissioners were
satisfied with Curry's recommen-
dations. "I want to lower mill-
age," said Commissioner John
Jannazo, a retired Air Force
member.
"We can't lower the millage
and raise the gas tax," responded
Commissioner Wayne Harris,
Crestview Chamber of
Commerce executive director.
"We should do what we can
for our employees," said
Commissioner James Campbell,
a Niceville municipal employee.
Curry responded by saying
that an increase or decrease of 1
percent in county salaries would
affect the total county budget by
about $615,000.


County Human Resources
Director Kay Godwin told com-
missioners that one way to cut
personnel costs without layoffs
would be to require employees to
take unpaid furloughs during the
year. This, she said, would allow
the county to keep the same num-
ber of employees available for
peak activity periods, and share
the burden of cost cutting among
all employees rather than putting
it all on those who would other-
wise be laid off.
Curry, however, warned com-
missioners that furloughs and
limits on pay can only go so far.
"Too little compensation hurts
recruitment and retention of qual-
ity employees, especially in criti-
cal fields such as engineers and
emergency medical technicians."
Commissioner Don Amunds,
until recently a sheriff's office
employee, said he prefers fur-
loughs to layoffs, which he said
should only be done as a last
resort.
Campbell said he prefers vol-
untary furloughs be used before
requiring anyone to take a fur-
lough and resulting pay cut. Such
cuts to employee income, he said,
"can be a terrible thing" for work-
ers.
No decisions were made dur-
ing the budget workshop.
Additional public workshops are
planned throughout the summer:
July 16; 6 p.m.; at the county
courthouse in Crestview.
July 21: 1 p.m.; at the county
water and sewer building in Fort
Walton Beach.
July 28: 6 p.m.; FWB.


Aug 4: 1 p.m.; Crestview.
Aug. 11: 6 p.m.; FWB.
During each workshop, com-
missioners will consider budget
requests from each county
department and constitutional
office. Final decisions about the
budget as a whole will be made at
two public budget hearings in
September, at times and places
yet to be announced.
Following the formal budget
presentation, citizens took turns
addressing the meeting, with each
speaker allotted about three min-
utes.
Niceville resident Rick
Westbrook told commissioners,
"I am amazed at the number of
vehicles the county owns. Taxes
are too high, and houses are sit-
ting empty." He also asked
Okaloosa County interim Sheriff
Ed Spooner, who was present at
the meeting, how many deputies
the county employs. Spooner
replied that the county currently
has 270 sworn deputies, plus
additional civilian employees.
A Crestview resident said the
county owns too many vehicles,
including about 220 school buses,
about 375 sheriff's vehicles, and
over 400 other vehicles. This is
too many, he said, for a county
with only five major highways.
Several residents complained
about what they said is a lack of
oversight by the county commis-
sion over the budgets of constitu-
tional offices such as the sheriff's
and tax collector's offices, which
have been involved in ongoing
revelations involving secret
employee bonuses, kickbacks,


and election campaign contribu-
tions by county employees to the
officials they work for.
"We trusted you," said Fort
Walton Beach resident Michael
Klugh, who said he is president
of a group called the Okaloosa
Citizens Alliance. "You took an
oath of office," he said, but
"Somewhere between the oath
and today, out county has been
held hostage to some extremely
disgraceful and scandalous
events."
"We no longer know who to
trust," Klugh said.
Commissioners defended their
role in the county budget process.
"There is a shortfall of under-
standing," said Jannazo, "about
what the county commission can
and cannot do." He said county
commissioners have little author-
ity to tell constitutional officers,
who are elected officials with
considerable legal autonomy,
how to spend their budgets once
the overall budget for their office
is approved. However, he said,
the county commission is asking
constitutional officers to present
detailed spending plans during
the upcoming budget workshops.
"Constitutional officers may
not have to account to us," said
Harris, "but they do have to
account to you. Demand account-
ability, and not just now. Don't
stop when things seem to be
going well."
Commissioner Campbell told
the audience, "We all listened,"
during the workshop, and that
despite problems, "This is still
paradise, and we all live here."


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The Inquiring Photographer


) What do you think about


-Mike Griffith


the Northwest Florida State College


Board of Trustees


tiring


NWFSC President


Bob Richburg?


"People should be
held accountable for
their actions, but I'm
not that sure what
Richburg's actions
were."
Greg Chesser, 43,
DeFuniak Springs,
engineer


JET
From page A-1

hangar for use by Destin Jet.
A grand jury "presentment"
accompanying the indictments
said the building proposal was
similar to an earlier, unsuccessful
request by Odom, a Destin devel-
oper, for state money to build a
private airplane hangar at the gen-
eral-aviation airport.
A $6 million school construc-
tion appropriation was inserted
into the 2007 budget bill by
Sansom at the last minute while
the House and Senate bills were
being reconciled, and the college
agreed to use the building as a
training center, according to the


Colin Lawrence, 59,
Fort Walton Beach,
transport manager


grand jury presentment, a recita-
tion of investigatory findings.
In its indictment, the grand
jury said Richburg lied on April
16 when "he testified that the
building that was the subject of
the Grand Jury investigation was
not designed as a hangar and/or
there was never intention or dis-
cussion after the appropriation
was made, that Jay Odom or
Destin Jet would use the build-
ing."
Okaloosa County Airport
Director Greg Donovan said the
current agreement between
Odom and the county precludes
Destin Jet from using the facility
as a hangar in the now-unlikely
event that it is built.
"There are reasonable written


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By Gloria Miller
Niceville
Editor:
Mr. Bob Webb's description of
the test wing and the research and
development activities at Eglin as
the "goose that laid the golden
egg" is indisputably the truth
(Letters to the Editor, April 15).
Okaloosa County is enriched
many ways, not just in dollars, by
the presence of the test wing and
the research and development
community. His opinion that
intensity of the F-35 training mis-
sions will negatively impact and
eventually result in Eglin's TW
and R&D missions being trans-
ferred to other bases might be on
target.
I said "might be." The Air
Force and civilian folks employed
at Eglin not too long ago nervous-
ly awaited a government-ordered
study which would decide Eglin's
future. I do not recall the exact
details of that study, but I do
remember that after the sand set-
tled, the test wing and the research
and development activities at
Eglin were left standing tall.
Okaloosa County and the folks
employed at Eglin breathed a big
sigh of relief as their lives and
livelihoods were left mostly intact.
These two Air Force sapphires
remained in the treasure chest on
our emerald shores.
I stated Mr. Webb's opinion
might be on target, yet I have to
wonder why we have not heard an
outcry from the test wing folks
and/or the research and develop-
ment community. Per Mr. Webb's
scenario, the F-35 training mis-


sion will directly endanger their
future here. After the job scare
they so recently endured, it seems
to me they would speak out quick-
ly and loudly on this topic to alert
the rest of us as to this possible
eventuality. After all, their loss
would be our loss and logic dic-
tates they would seek our support
in stopping the arrival of the F-35
training mission.
Perhaps I am living in a black
hole, but to date I have not read
Mr. Webb's opinion voiced by any
of the people who would be in the
direct path of his stated possible
chain of events.


Ellis Quarrier, 37,
Crestview,
lawn care


reassurances that that was not
going to be used as a hangar in
the current agreement," Donovan
said.
There is widespread agree-
ment that the now-tainted facility
will never materialize, however.
Gov. Charlie Crist asked the col-
lege April 22 to return the $6 mil-
lion to the taxpayers in light of
the indictments.
State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-
Niceville), said: "My personal
opinion is that this has become a
very controversial project and
that my best advice to the college
would be to return the funds and
if the funds were returned, then I
would do all I can to have those
funds designated for educational
purposes in Okaloosa County.


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Editor:
The businesses at and sur-
rounding 400 W. John Sims
Parkway would sincerely like to
send our warmest thanks to the
City of Niceville and Gulf
Power for adding the street
lights.
The additions of the street
lights have definitely improved
the overall visibility of our busi-
nesses and we cannot thank you
enough for taking our concerns
seriously and for installing the
new street lights.
(Signed)
Steve W. Majors, Bayou's
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Owner
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"We discussed it in his-
tory class, but I haven't
formed an opinion."


Kristina Himmelberg, 17,
Niceville,
Niceville High School student


My opinion in this matter is not a
reflection on Rep. Sansom. I
believe he is entitled to his day in
court and my hope and my belief
is that he will be exonerated. But
I think the designation of these
funds in this way for that project
has become very controversial
and is clouding the college's good
reputation."
A fixed-base operator is an
airport-based business that parks,
services, fuels, and may repair
aircraft. It often rents aircraft and
provides flight training.
Officials at Miracle Strip
Aviation, which has operated at
county-owned Destin Airport for
more than 30 years, contended
that a second FBO wasn't need-
ed.


Lori Danielak, 47,
Niceville,
customer service
representative


"I can't think of anything
we're not giving the county and
our customers," said Laverne
Brignan, acting general manager
of Miracle Strip Aviation. "We're
going to continue to give the best
service we can."
However, Donovan sees
Destin Jet as an economic boon
for the county. Each year, the
county will receive 26.6 cents per
square foot of leased space. With
307,969 square feet leased, that
comes to $81,919 a year. In addi-
tion, the county will receive 5
percent of Destin Jet's gross
receipts and 5 cents per gallon of
fuel sold.
"This allows us to have an
income stream to keep the airport
going," Donovan said, comparing


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creditable service toward retire-
ment under FRS, according to
state officials. So long as the legal
block is maintained on his retire-
ment account, Sansom cannot
apply for pension benefits, said
Snuggs.
The pension blocks won't be
lifted on either man until the
case is resolved, Snuggs said. If
they are cleared, their pension


rights would be restored. But
conviction would result in for-
feiture.
Hired as president in 1987 by
what was then Okaloosa-Walton
Junior College, Richburg tem-
porarily "retired" from the post
at age 62 in 2007, at the end of a
five-year Deferred Retirement
Option Program (DROP), a state
plan that allows public employ-
ees to continue to work after
they become eligible for pen-
sion payouts. Under DROP,
Richburg's monthly retirement


benefit-which in October 2002
began at $7,426 a month,
according to the FRS-was held
in trust by the state, earning
interest while he continued in
public employment.
At the end of the five-year
DROP period, on Sept. 30,
2007, Richburg left the college
presidency and was paid the
accrued retirement benefit, plus
interest, in a lump sum of
$553,228, according to state fig-
ures.
About a month after his
"retirement," as previously
agreed by the Northwest Florida
State College board of trustees,
Richburg returned to the college
presidency, in November 2007.
A year later, as permitted by
FRS rules, Richburg began
receiving pension checks of
$8,803 a month even as he con-
tinued in public employment,
according to the agency. He
received seven such checks
through last month, according to
state records.
Florida Statute 112.3173 pro-
vides for forfeiture of public
retirement benefits for "any
public officer or employee who
is convicted of a specified
offense committed prior to
retirement, or whose office or
employment is terminated by
reason of his or her admitted
commission, aid or abetment
of a specified offense." The
official misconduct alleged by
the grand jury occurred. "on or
about April 27, 2007, five
months before Richburg's short-
lived "retirement" in September
of that year.
The statute defines a "speci-
fied offense" as "any felony
specified in chapter 838, except
ss. 338.15 and 838.16."
Richburg and Sansom were
indicted under Chapter
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statutes.
Under the law, a convicted
employee may keep only any
retirement benefits which he
himself contributed. All
employer-paid benefits are for-
feit, and the state is empowered
to file suit to recover benefits
already paid.
A NWFSC spokeswoman
said the Niceville college con-
tributes 100
percent of
FRS contri-
butions for
all full-time
employees
and does not
require indi-
vidual
workers to Ray Sansom
contribute. a Sansom
Under the state law, the clerk
of court is responsible for noti-
fying the Florida Commission
on Ethics whenever a legal pro-
ceeding such as an indictment
involving a specified offense is
begun against a public official or
employee. The Leon County
Clerk of Court said it notified
the ethics commission last week
of the Richburg and Sansom
charges.
In turn, the ethics commis-
sion is required to notify the
governing body of the public
retirement system. It did so last
week, according to the commis-
sion.
Snuggs said her agency has
no choice but to seek forfeiture
of a retiree's benefits, including
those already paid, if he is con-
victed.
Richburg and Sansom have
each hired lawyers. Both men
are scheduled for a "case man-
agement conference" with the
District 2 State Attorney May 11
in Tallahassee.
The lawyers did not return
calls for comment.


U.S. health officials have
recommended no general
restrictions on flying, but have
urged airline crews to watch for
passengers with flu symptoms
and report them to authorities.
Continental Airlines con-
firmed that Williams was
ordered off her flight last week
because of a runny nose.
"I can confirm that informa-
tion," said Mary Clark, a
Continental spokeswoman. "As
part of our normal in-flight pro-
cedures crew members are given
the authority to make a decision
to protect the other customers."
"She appeared to have flu-
like symptoms,"' Clark said.
Clark explained that in situa-
tions such as this, crew mem-
bers have access to a site called
MedLink, which connects them
to a doctor who can make a rec-
ommendation.
"The crew did consult with
MedLink," Clark said, "and it
was recommended that the
woman not be allowed to fly."
Clark said Williams "was
later cleared for flying, but there
was a delay in getting the infor-
mation to the crew of the origi-
nal flight, and by the time they
got that information the flight
had already left."
Clark said Continental agents
rebooked her on a flight "a cou-
ple hours later," a story that dif-
fers from Williams' recollection
that she herself booked the other
flight.
Asked to comment,
Okaloosa County airport offi-
cials said they didn't know
about the incident, but promised
to look into it.
Kim Christopher, Bluewater
Bay, a friend of Williams who
took her to the airport for her
original flight said, "I've heard
of people getting thrown off
planes for lots of reasons, but
this tops them all."
Williams said she hasn't
decided yet whether she will the
pursue the matter further.
"I'm surprised I was as calm
as I was. I've had a pretty rough
year:' she said.


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"But the captain still said no, he
did not want me on his flight."
Williams had nothing but
kind words for the ticket agent,
who, she said, seemed just as
embarrassed as she was.
"He was so kind," she said.
"He was really very good about
it and he even gave me a certifi-
cate for $100 off another
Continental flight sometime
within the next year."
However, Williams said she
was left to make her own
arrangements for another plane.
She ended up waiting five hours
for a flight on another airline to
an airport further from her desti-
nation.
A recent outbreak of swine
flu has sickened hundreds of
people in Mexico and the U.S.,
including a handful of cases in
South Florida. Some deaths
were reported in Mexico. The
viral respiratory disease is
thought to spread between peo-
ple through coughing and
sneezing of infected persons.
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wouldn't allow his family to fly
for fear of the flu, a statement
later revised by an embarrassed
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English from Ripon College,
Wisc., Jill White, an Iowa native,
was an instructor in developmen-
tal education at the Texas junior
college. John was chairman of the
building construction department.
They shared a passion for racing
sailboats on the lakes around
Austin.
"We were young," she said.
They asked each other, "if you
ever want to spend life on a boat,
when would you do it?"
The answer was, right away.
From 1978 to 1980 they spent
a lot of time sailing around the
Gulf of Mexico. John designed
and built their floating home, a 20-
foot gaff-rigged sailboat. The ves-
sel had kerosene running lights
and a small propane stove, but no
bathtub. "I sewed the sails," Jill
said.
Two years before the mast was
also the beginning of a love affair
with the Florida Panhandle.


The Whites returned to Austin,
where she worked as an assistant
instructor at the University of
Texas while taking classes that led
to a master's degree in accounting.
The couple then moved to
Pensacola, where she became
assistant professor of accounting
and associate vice president at
Pensacola Junior College between
1983 and 1993. She also earned
her doctorate in education from
Florida State University in 1991.
Sailing and racing continued to
be a focus for the Whites, and in
1993 they were lured to the boat-
loving community of Seattle. Jill
took a job as vice president at
Everett Community College.
Housing costs were much higher
than Pensacola and the couple
lived aboard a 36-foot trawler that
John built. The hull was built
from a mold of a Louisiana lugger
that John had spotted in New
Orleans.
The couple moved into the cus-
tom trawler, for which Jill insisted
on a bathtub and a big refrigerator.
They lived moored to a dock in


Everett during most of their four-
year stay in Washington.
But the Whites missed the
Florida sunshine and vowed to
move back to the Panhandle.
Then came an offer from
Okaloosa-Walton Community
College (now NWFSC), where
she has served in administrative
and teaching posts since 1997.
During her tenure as senior
vice president at NWFSC, Jill
White has been an architect of
both the highly successful
Collegiate High School and the
community college's growing
four-year degree programs, the
first of which were established in
2004. She has supervised the 175-
member faculty and has served on
several statewide education pan-
els.
White also teaches upper-level
courses in the acquisition manage-
ment degree programs. She says
one of her favorite teaching
assignments is a business-oriented
administrative communication
class-a "perfect match" for her
English, accounting and education


degrees.
White became interested in
accounting after two temporary
jobs as a bank teller between
teaching assignments. While
teaching something like poetry
can be imprecise, she found
accounting appealing because
"there's an elegant equation, that's
neat and practical." She also loves
teaching students something they
first perceive as difficult and then
", ing; the light bulb come on."
White says "a college presiden-
cy was never a goal of mine." She
will assist in the impending search
for a new president which, she
said, needs input from the faculty,
community and trustees. "It's ulti-
mately up to (the college) trustees
to decide what are the most desir-
able characteristics" for the presi-
dent's job, she said, but "every-
thing is moving so fast now-
they're not there yet."
White said she doesn't plan to
submit an application to fill the job
permanently. She said she has
long set 62 or 63 as the age at
which she'd like to retire.


The Beacon asked if the indict-
ment controversy swirling around
Richburg, state Rep. Ray Sansom
and the college has damaged the
school's reputation among stu-
dents. "Students are in the midst
of finals now," she replied, and
"current events tend to slip way
down on students' priorities."
In any case, White said, stu-
dents "know what they're getting
from the teachers in the class-
room" and are appreciative. The
college's reputation is reflected in
the continued high growth of
enrollments, she said, with the
school's year-over-year growth
expected to show an increase of
between 8 and 9 percent.
The Whites last year moved
from a waterfront townhouse in
Niceville to a home on Toms
Bayou in Valparaiso to which she
soon hopes to retire. "We've
always lived on the water," she
said.
White said she has told trustees
Chairman Wes Wilkerson that she
plans to retire in the next 18
months or so. Although she hasn't


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set an official retirement date, she
said she and John had discussed
three possible dates: December
2009, June 2010 or December
2010. She said she still plans to
retire as soon as things settle
down.
John White, who retired from
the boat-building trade about six
years ago and now makes high-
end custom knives, said, "I'm
looking forward to her retire-
ment."
The couple no longer owns or
races sailboats. Jill says they "got
out of the habit" living with the
cold waters in Seattle. The cou-
ple-both book lovers with a large
library that includes a couple hun-
dred signed first editions-dis-
cussed retiring to one of several
university towns in the South. But
"when it came down to it-we
picked Valparaiso," she said.
"I want to continue teaching in
the classroom, part-time," she said
about life after retirement, and
said she and her husband will con-
tinue to haunt bookstores in the
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among others, the unionized
employees at Niceville's Food
World, according to union
spokesman Corey Owens.
"(Bruno's) approached more
than 100 companies to buy the
chain and they couldn't find any
buyers," Owens said. "We have an
agreement that the workers will
maintain their benefits and won't
have their wages cut."
Owens said one other company
expressed mild interest in purchas-
ing the chain, but failed to enter a
firm bid after a bankruptcy judge


refused to void union labor con-
tracts.
"I am pleased that we were
able to come to an agreement with
Southern Family that not only pre-
serves jobs at our store locations
but also delivers more value to our
creditors than other potential out-
comes would," Jim Grady, chief
restructuring officer for Bruno's,
said in a press release.
Neither Bruno's nor C&S
returned telephone calls about the
sale.
Monday, the sale was adjudi-
cated in Birmingham and all
objections were resolved, Owens
said.


"From our perspective, the
C&S bid is a good outcome from
what could have been a really bad
situation," he said. "Everyone
would have preferred that no
stores would close, but we've gone


from potentially all the stores
being closed to most of them
remaining open and we think
that's a good sign."
C&S, based in Keene, N.H.,
supplies over 5,000 grocery stores


from 70 warehouses in 12 states,
including a warehouse in
Birmingham which reportedly
supplies the Bruno's chain.
The C&S subsidiary Southern
Family Markets was reportedly


formed in 2005 when it bought
about 100 other stores from
Bruno's and a sister company. It
bought about 20 stores from
Winn-Dixie later. Many of those
stores have since closed.


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Tournament results Four Ball,
April 11: First flight: first,
Scott Hornburg, Buster
Crabbe; second, Ken
Hamilton, Neil
McGillicuddy; third, Larry
Fincher, George Boles.
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Seago; third, Ray DiTirro,
Raimund Herden. Third
flight: first, Larry Stanley,
Steinar Kanstad; second,
Dave Wolcott, Don Oldroyd;
third, Jerome Barnes, Jerry
Cashion.

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5k Run/Walk and Kids 1-Mile
Bog Jog is scheduled for May
16 at 8 a.m. at Lewis Middle
School in Valparaiso. Open,
masters, grandmasters, walk-
ers and baby jogger competi-
tion with cool T-shirts, awards
and door prizes. Proceeds go
to the Harriers in Heaven
Memorial Scholarship.
For entry forms, cost, and
information visit nwftc.com
click on race calendar or regis-
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Frazier at 974-8061 or run-
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A one-day public boating
course will be conducted on
Saturday, May 16, at 8 a.m. at
the University of West Florida
Coombs Campus on Lovejoy


Ardie Lawrence, 37; third
place, Lilli Keller, 45. Third
flight: first place, Rhoda
Krueger, 32; second place, Jo
Gorman, 34; Third place,
Pearl Caswell, 35. Fourth
flight: first place, Helen
Hooper, 41; second place,
Edrie Putz, 42. Low putts:
First place, Pearl Caswell, 28;
second place, Lilli Keller, 30.

Rocky Bayou Country Club,
Ladies Golf Association week-
ly play, Par 3s and 5s only, 1/2
handicap, April 28.
First flight: first, Marianne
Wendel. Second flight: first,
Judy Boykin; second, Verna
Sesso; third, Pat Halprin.
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Kirby; second, tie, Tish
Gauthier, Lee Steen. Fourth
flight: first, Barbara Cilek;
second, Annalu Mohs; third,
tie, Sandy Miller, Judy
Haugen. Fifth flight: first, Rae
Grimmig. Chip-ins: Hole #8,
Annalu Mohs; Hole #11,
Naomi Fortenberry.

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is scheduled to coincide with
the beginning of the 2009
North American Safe Boating
Campaign, which runs May
16-22.
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conducted by experienced
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handling, seamanship, rules of
the road, aids to navigation
and piloting, tips about local
waters, and more. Completion
satisfies state license require-
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Sept. 30, 1980, and may entitle
boat owners to boat insurance
discounts.
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line through the UWF
Continuing Education
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at uwf.edu. Class instruction is
free, but there is a $45 charge
for materials.
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call 315-0686 or 474-2914, or
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Ruckel tops Lewis
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Chloe Andrews won an
essay contest for fifth graders
for Freeport
Elementary
School,


Retired
Educators
Association.
The essay
theme was
to write on
Chloe Andrews to write on
an experi-
ence with a grandparent or
grandparent figure. Andrews
wrote about her "Papa," Robert
Andrews. She received a certifi-
cate and Wal-Mart shopping
card. She is a fifth grader in
Carol Langford's class.
***
Laura Rose Brooks of
Niceville will receive a Bachelor
of Science in kinesology-exer-
cise/fitness management Friday,
May 8, at the University of
Central Oklahoma in Edmond,
Okla.
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Marsha Babe received the
Branch Agent of the Month
award from
ERA
American
Realty in
Niceville for
her superior
performance
in March. A
resident of
Niceville,
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more than eight years.

Lewis Middle School's varsi-
ty team came in second place at
the Meigs Academic
Tournament April 18 with a
score of 1,350 points. First place
went to Pryor Middle School.
Lewis team members were: Tori
Marks, Alex Hencinski,
Matthew Theisen and Brandon
Mallory. The JV tournament
featured a second-place finish
by Ruckel Middle School. First
place was given to St. Mary
Catholic School. Ruckel team
members were: Liam Schmidt,
Michael Thurber, Hayden
Boilini, Margaret Jacobs,
Chloe Dubben and Sophia
Bergmann.


Eagle project
Eagle Scout candidate William Brown III performed a community service project at the
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department. Fresh landscaping was installed around the building
along with new plantings, ground cover, and a new border around the fire department sign.


3 local schools


score in top 20


Special to the Beacon
Three Twin Cities schools
placed in Florida's top 20 in
recent April Knowledge
Masters competitions, with
Ruckel Middle School's varsi-
ty team (seventh and eighth
graders) winning the No.1 slot
in the Middle School
Division. The 15-member
team scored 1,554, also rank-
ing them 30th internationally
out of 700 participating
schools.
Lewis Middle School fin-
ished sixth in the state with a
score of 1,271 and an interna-
tional ranking of 253rd.
Rocky Bayou Christian
School won a state ranking of
13 and a score of 1,170. The
school also earned a state
ranking of 13 in the High
School Division.
Ruckel's varsity team mem-
bers are: Andrew Moore,


Ciara Ordner, Cody
McWilliams, David Bobbit,
Emmit White, Kellan Ritter,
Matthew Markwardt, Monica
Hsiang, Emily Anderton,
Anna Guglielmino, Anna Hall,
Georgia Pearce, Katherine
Ammon, Ronette Kortbein and
Travis Maderazo.
Lewis' team: Alex
Hencinski, Amanda Abate,
Pete Marsh, Tory Marks,
Nicholas Haynes, Brandon
Mallory and Arthur Shields.
Rocky Bayou's JV team is:
Christy Allen, Elizabeth
Gadzinski, Shiloh Johns,
Joshua Killingsworth, Darla
Lyon, Megan Maruyama,
Rachel Mosley, Timothy
Sung, Savannah West and
Casey Young. The varsity
team: Abby Chapman, Austin
Denigan, Sarah Frasier, Chris
Hinson, Noah Mosley and
Shannon Mosley.


College to graduate


record class of 2,027

Largest class in school history


Special to the Beacon
The largest number of
graduates Northwest Florida
State College history will
graduate May 5 at 7 p.m. at
the Niceville campus
amphitheater in the Mattie
Kelly Fine and Performing
Arts Center complex. With
2,027 students completing
degrees or certificates in the
past academic year, it is the
first time the college has
topped 2,000 graduates in a
given year.
Taking the stage as guest
speaker at the 44th annual
commencement will be Dr.
Judith Bense, president of
the University of West
Florida. The college's first
commencement was held
May 1, 1966 in Perrine Park
in Valparaiso with 85 stu-
dents in the charter gradua-
tion class of then Okaloosa-
Walton Junior College.


Due to the size of the
graduation class, commence-
ment is scheduled for the
third year in a row at the col-
lege's outdoor amphitheater
on the Niceville campus. A
rain policy allows each grad-
uate only two guest tickets if
the event must move indoors
due to inclement weather. If
the event must move indoors,
there will be overflow space
in the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center's Sprint Theater and
main theater lobby where
additional guests or those
with young children may
watch a live video feed of
the ceremony.
In addition to the record
number of college graduates,
273 adult students received a
state of Florida high school
diploma at NWF State
College this academic year
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The Twin Cities Senior Citizens Club held an Easter hat contest. Winners were Bettie
Calaone and Maxine Eddington, Most Beautiful; Louise Warakomsk and Gena Connell, Most
Original; and Betty Langford for Funniest. From left: Lillian Freeman, Mimiko Kerels, Betty
Langford, Georgia Bailey, Bettie Calaone, Maxine Eddington, Louise Warakomsk, Dorothy
Bress and Gena Connell. The club holds a potluck on the second Thursday of every month
at 3 p.m. at the Valparaiso Community Center, 268 Glenview Ave. For more information, call
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Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command

Haddad takes command in Korea
An assumption of command ceremony for Brig. Gen. Richard S. Haddad, of Valparaiso,
incoming commander of the Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR), was held
April 17 at Knight Field, Yongsan Garrison, Republic of Korea. From left in back row:
Haddad, Deputy USFK Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Remington and Deputy Commander for
Operations Col. Thomas D. Huizenga, the interim commander, inspecting troops during the
ceremony. Haddad was formerly the Commander, 23rd Air Force and the Director of
Operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field.


Beacon photo by Stephen Smith

Evening of the Arts at Plow
Plew Elementary School's Evening of the Arts April 23 drew about 800 visitors and raised an
estimated $11,000 for the school. Community members spent the evening viewing student
artwork and listening to symphonic musicians from Rocky Bayou Christian School, the
Collegiate High School of Northwest Florida State College and Niceville High School. The
evening also featured a silent auction and tasty treats. Here Sharon Blackburn's kindergarten
class features an annual circus and students decided to paint pictures of circus clowns.
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seashore concepts. From left: back row, Cindy Zimmerman, Mary Pat Sampson, Chris
Whittle (state park employee/educator), Linda Testa and Pat Cargill; middle row, Ashlyn
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Destin Middle School cleans up
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Destin Middle School Builder's Club students
teamed with the Kiwanis Club of Destin to give a fresh face to the Legacy Gardens at Destin
Middle School. The students came armed with shovels, gardening gloves, leaf bags and
work clothes to weed and feed the eighth grade legacy project from last year. Alvin Smith,
sponsor of the Builder's Club, along with Kiwanis Club liaison Pam Martin, helped the stu-
dents plan the project.


RBCS trio earns honors


Special to the Beacon
Earlier in the year six Rocky
Bayou Christian School sev-
enth graders participated in the
Duke University Talent
Identification Program by tak-
ing the ACT. Three of the six


participants, Cailin Kellum,
Kat Koster, and Tyler Paskell
qualified for the state recogni-
tion ceremony to be held in
May. They did so by earning at
least a 20 on the English or
math sections or at least a 21 on


the reading or science sections.
Cailin qualified in reading,
Kat qualified in English and
science, and Tyler qualified in
English. Matthew Courtney,
Jalen Lewis-Douglas, and
Njera Frazier also participated.


Rocky sophs picked as leaders


Rocky Bayou sophomores
Esther Alldredge, Ryan Bums,
Julie Denney, Jacob Emerick,
Hector Delgado, Zachary
Gadzinsky, Ashley Hannay, Katie
Kaim, Kathryn Lorenz, Teresa
Riker and James Waldron were


selected to participate in the 2009
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
(RYLA) program. They went to
Adventures Unlimited in Milton
April 2-4.
Each year, students from
Pensacola to Lake City participate


in this intensive training program
for community youth leaders.
They were selected to attend this
all-expenses-paid camp to discuss
and practice leadership because of
their service to the community and
leadership potential.


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This special section will be published June 3. Deadline is May 27.
It will be a special keepsake featuring color photos of the members of
the graduating class.


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Traditional: 8:15 & 11:00 a.m.
Contemporary: *9:40,9:42,11:02 a.m.
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ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday
Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth & Children's Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Partin Drive, Niceville
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Sunday 10 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VALPARAISO
Lead Pastor T.J. Kollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...with others
Serving...all"
SUNDAY WEDNESDAYS
Morning Bible Study Mid Week
fii MorningCelebration :G0pmice


Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.


444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org
(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)

Niceville Church of God
Everyone Welcome!
Sunday School . . . . .9:45 a.m.
Worship . . . . . . .10:45 a.m.
Sunday Evening. . . ....6:00 p.m.
Wednesday . . . . . .7:00 p.m.
Ministry for All Ages!
Pastor Tony Taylor ~ pastor@ncog.gccoxmail.com
206 Palm Blvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221

Please email items of interest about your church to
info@baybeacon.com, along with church name,
address, contact number/email.


IMMANUEL ANGLICAN ^
CHURCH
Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade
Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)
250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin
Church Office: 850-837-6324
www.iacdestin.org
"Pointing The Way To Jesus" S


Blood drive scholarships
Northwest Florida Blood lects 50 units of blood. Six to complete the registration
Services is offering a student $500 scholarships will be form, which should be mailed
scholarship program for high awarded to winners who meet to Northwest Florida Blood
school and college students the criteria and collect at least Services, Save Our Summer
who organize a summer blood 35 units of blood. Winners of Registration, 1999 E. Nine Mile
drive. Six $1000 scholarships the drawing will be announced Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 or
will be awarded to winners who Aug. 25. faxed to (850) 475-9288. Blood
successfully plan a blood drive Students may go to the blood drives must be held between
that meets the criteria and col- center Web site nfbcblood.org June 1 and Aug. 15.



CONGRAiTUIAIE
YOUR FAVORITE GRADUATE!

Attention:
Parents & grandparents of the
high school Class of 2009


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info@baybeacon.com
before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Upcoming blood drives
May 6, Wednesday: Freeport
High School, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Woodlawn Baptist Church, 824 N
Ferdon Street, Crestview, 1 p.m. to 6
p.m.
YMCA needs volunteers
The Niceville Family YMCA is
in need of volunteers to work in
facility monitoring, nursery and
sports programs. Volunteer applica-
tions may be obtained from the
Niceville Family YMCA, 1031 E.
John Sims Parkway. Info: 897-9622.
Teen photo contest
The 2009 Niceville Library Teen
Photo Contest, "Expose Niceville,"
continues through Sept. 19 for ages
13-17. Categories: Nature, Sports,
Community, History, Recreation,
Academics, Organizations. Limit


three images per contestant. Come
by Youth Services to pick up your
registration.
Physics of bird flight
The Choctawhatchee Audubon
Society (CAS) will meet Thursday,
May 7, at the Northwest Florida
State College, Niceville, in the
LRC, Room 128. Refreshments,
socialization and
conservation
presentation at
6:30 p.m.; for-
mal presentation.
7 p.m. Non-
members and children are welcome.
2009-2010 CAS Board Member
Elections.
Topic: i 1l.i and Migration"
Alan W. Knothe, education and
training specialist at Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research
Preserve, will speak about the
physics of bird flight, flight adapta-
tions, migration and navigation.hol-
low@cox.net.
Concerts in the Park
Celebrate summer at the 13th
Annual Concerts in the Park May 7
through June 25, every Thursday at
7 p.m. on the lawn of the Mattie
Kelly Cultural Arts Village in
Destin. Bring a chair and picnic or
purchase dinner on site, prepared by
Carrabba's Italian Grill or ice cream
treats from Marble Slab Creamery,
with proceeds to benefit Mattie


Kelly Arts Foundation. May 7-jazz
artists Jones and Company. May
14-Dija vu (acoustic, jazz, classic
and modern rock). May 21-the Ed
Williams Quintet (soul, classic rock
and blues). May 28-Reed Waddle
(pop, rock, jazz and blues). June 4-
Emerald Gold (classic rock, soul
and blues). June 11-Mr. Big (New
Orleans jazz, R&B and Motown
hits). June 18-Clark and Company
(fiddle tunes). June 25-David
Seering (Broadway to big band hits
to Billy Joel).
Free concert parking is located
adjacent at Grace Lutheran Church.
Info: mattiekellyartsfoundation.org
or 650-2226.
Lewis Parent Night
On Thursday, May 7, Lewis
Middle School plans an informa-
tional meeting for parents of current
fourth and fifth graders who will
attend Lewis Middle School in the
fall. The meeting will begin at 6
p.m. in the cafeteria. Info: 833-
4130.
Day of Prayer planned
The city of Niceville's National
Day of Prayer Service will be 12:15
p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Civic
Center Complex on Partin Drive.
The service will feature the Rocky
Bayou Christian School band,
directed by Kristi
Duibisson.
Members of the
Twin Cities
Ministerial
Association will
pray for varied entities, such as the
government, media, families and
churches. Niceville's Mayor Pro-
tem Bill Smith will welcome those
attending.
Holy Name rummage sale
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Church, 1200 Valparaiso Boulevard,
Niceville, will hold its Spring
Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon
on Friday, May 8, (indoors only)


and Saturday, May 9 (indoors and
outdoors). In addition to the usual
garage sale items, on Saturday there
will be an Oriental food booth and
baked goods as well as live plants
sale. Proceeds go toward building a
parish life center. Info: 678-7813.
Mother's Day luncheon
Immanuel Anglican Church will
hold a Mother's Day luncheon, and
all ladies are invited, Saturday, May
9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for a fun-filled
time of fellowship.
Info: 837-6324, Tami Bonhardt-
Carr.


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Omelette Station (with 13 ingredients to choose from)
Cheese Grits, Bagels, Sausage Patties & Lin
Waffles, Muffins, Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Bacon
* Seafood & Pasta Salads, Cucumber Tomato Sal
* Salmon Plate (Caper, Diced Red Onion, Cream Chee
* Carved Ham & Leg of Lamb
* Poppyseed Chicken Potatoes
* Key Lime & Country Pie, Cake
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Masquerade jewelry sale
The Auxiliary of Twin Cities
Hospital will hold a masquerade
jewelry sale on Tuesday, May 12, 7
a.m.-5 p.m. All items are $5.
Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary Info:
897-7786.
Postal drive for food
Area postal carriers will be col-
lecting canned goods for Sharing
and Caring on
Saturday, May 9.
All those wish-
ing to donate are
asked to bag
food stuffs and
hang the package on the mailbox.
Postal carriers will not collect dona-
tions set on the ground.
Men's Only Yard Sale
The annual Men's Only
Yard/Garage Sale, sponsored by
Knights of Columbus, Christ Our
Redeemer Council #13527, will be
held Saturday, May 9, 7 a.m.-l1 p.m.
at the home of Vince Warsheski,
1554 Pine St., Niceville. The sale
includes lawn and garden tools,
hardware, furniture, hand and power
tools, mowers, grills, sports equip-
ment and more.
No shoes, no clothing.
Proceeds will support Knights of
Columbus Charities.
Info: 897-2117.
'Creation' closes season
The Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestra season con-
cludes May 9, with Haydn's "The
Creation," featuring the Northwest
Florida Symphony Chorus and
guest soloists Jane Redding, Adam
Kirkpatrick and Robert


Honeysucker.
Tickets are $22.50; $16 for those
18 and under. Call 729-6000.
GOP spring bunco party
The Republican Women of
Okaloosa Federated (RWOF) will
hold a Spring Bunco Party to raise
funds for its outreach programs,
which include the donation of dic-
tionaries to third graders in
Okaloosa County Schools and a
scholarship program. No previous
Bunco experience is necessary.
The party will be held on
Thursday, May 14, from 9 a.m.
until noon at the American Legion
Hall at 105 NW Hollywood Blvd in
Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $20
each, which includes coffee,
muffins and lunch. There will also
be a silent action of fun items.
Make checks payable to RWOF by
May 9 and mail to Barbara Wall,
4155 Callaway Drive, Niceville, FL
32578. Info: 678-4500.
Bowl for Kids' Sake
Bowl For Kids' Sake, the most
important fundraising campaign for
Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northwest
Florida, will hold
its Okaloosa
County bowling
event Thursday,
May 14, at White W
Sands Bowling
Center, 653 Beal Parkway, Fort
Walton Beach.
The organization is looking for
32 teams of six bowlers each. The
after-work bowl begins at 5:30 p.m.
Okaloosa County bowlers are chal-
lenged to raise $1,000 each. Great
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Day of Prayer set Thursday
The city of Niceville's National Day of Prayer Service will be 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at
the Civic Center Complex on Partin Drive. The service will feature the Rocky Bayou Christian
School band, directed by Kristi Duibisson. Members of the Twin Cities Ministerial Association
will pray for varied entities, such as the government, media, families and churches.


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Monday Friday Plate Lunches
Mon: Blackened Chicken Alfredo ...... .$6.50
Tues: Pot Roast
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prizes for the event will be offered.
To register online: fortwalt
on.kintera.org/2009.
Info: 433-5437 or 1-866-
646-3518.
Hospice 'World Affair'
Covenant Hospice will sponsor
"A World Affair," a unique event of
international cuisine and dance at
the Sandestin Hilton Friday, May
15, 7 p.m. Food
will be available
from Bombay
Masala (Indian),
W being st o p
(American), PF
Changs (Chinese), Aegean
(Greek), The Front Porch
(Portuguese), Fat Clemenzas
(Italian) and many more. Bid on
silent auction packages and enjoy
exotic entertainment. Dance to the
music of RetroActive. Cash bar
available. Tickets are $40 per per-


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Covenant Hospice, 729-1800 at
$40 per person or $70 per couple.
Call Shelley Canales or Lill
Jennings at 729-1800.
Craft series planned
Learn a new skill, experience an
age-old tradition and create some-
thing uniquely yours at the
He ritaa g e
Museum of
Northwestt
Florida. Phil III-
Richter of
Recycled Relics m I
is back by popular demand to teach
fiber rush weaving Saturday, May
16, 9 a.m.-l1 p.m. The cost is $45 o,
$40 for members and includes all
materials. Space is limited.
Register by calling 678-2615 or
visit the museum at 115 Westview
Ave., Valparaiso.
Family Fun Arts Fest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance, in
conjunction with the Friends of the
Emerald Coast State Parks, plans


the second annual Family Fun Arts
Fest on Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m.-5
p.m. at Henderson Beach State
Park. Events will
include perform-
ances by local
arts groups, fam-
ily fun activities,
vendors, a silent
auction and a
poster contest for all Okaloosa
Schools. The festival and park are
free and open to the public all day
and parking will be available at the
park. Proceeds will benefit the
Okaloosa Arts Alliance.
The poster contest deadline has
been extended to Friday, May 1.
Info: Amy Baty,
info@okaloosaarts.org.
Museum job fair
The Air
Force Armament
M u s e u m
Foundation will
host ajob fair, 5-
8 p.m., Tuesday,
May 19, at the Air Force Armament


Museum in Shalimar. A seminar,
"How to Apply for Federal Civil
Service" will be presented twice
during the event, once at 5:15 p.m.
and a second presentation at 6:30
p.m. There is no charge to attend
the job fair or seminar.
Kids On Campus sign-ups
Enrollment for the "Kids on
Campus" summer enrichment pro-
gram at Northwest Florida College
begins May 20 at the Niceville
Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in
Building K and from 12 p.m. to
4:30 p.m. in
Building C.
Registration at
all six NWF
State College
locations begins
May 21.
The program will host two ses-
sions at the Niceville campus; June
22-July 2 and July 20-30. Classes
are held Monday through
Thursday. The course list and reg-
istration forms are available at all
area elementary and middle


schools, NWFS campuses and cen-
ters, and on the college Web site,
nwfstatecollege.edu/schedule.
Info: 729-6086.
Hunting meetings set
Public meetings are scheduled
on possible changes to hunting
zones and deer season dates. The
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission has
scheduled six public meetings
throughout the state to receive
input from Florida hunters on pos-
sible changes to the state's hunting
zones and corresponding deer
hunting season dates. The FWC
wants to solicit as much public
comment as possible, and everyone
is invited. If changes are approved
by the Commission, they could
take effect as early as the
2010-2011 hunting season.
The closest meeting location for
those in Okaloosa and surrounding
counties is Wednesday, May 20, 6-
8 p.m., Crestview, Crestview
Community Center, 1446
Commerce Drive, 682-0647.


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Blue Knights poker run
Blue Knights Law Enforcement
Motorcycle Club Florida Chapter
XXV will hold the Children's
Advocacy
Center Poker
Run Saturday,
May 23.
Registration
starts at 8:30
a.m. at Heritage Cycles Harley
Davidson, 788 N. Beal Parkway,
Fort Walton Beach. Proceeds bene-
fit the Emerald Coast Children's
Advocacy Center. Info: Bruce
Stewart, 850-200-3055 or
BlueknightsXXV @ cox.net.
Pine needle basketry
Pine needle basketry at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida Saturdays, May 23 And 30
(2-part class), 9 a.m.-l1 p.m. The
cost is $45 or $40 for members and
includes all materials. Space is lim-
ited. Register by calling 678-2615
or, visit the museum at 115
Westview Avenue in Valparaiso.


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* Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D, End Unit,
* Furn., Florida Club, 1/1, W/D, Full Kitchen,
Utilities Included, Available May 5 . . . .... ....$1,250
* Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, W/D, Full Kitchen,
Utilities Included . . . ............ . ..$1,300
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South Lake
Court, 2/2
$1000/mo.


* Magnolia Plantation, Golf Course Lot .............. ..$279,900


SSouthwind Golf Course Lot ................... ...$349,000 56
. . . . . . . .


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REAL ESTATE, INC
awww.baywalk2.com


SAVE THE SHERIFF SUBSTATION
BWB/NICEVILLE. RENOVATIONS ARE
BEING MADE TO THE SUBSTATION
THAT SERVES OUR AREA. REQUEST
YOUR SUPPORT. DONATIONS CAN BE
MADE AT COASTAL BANK AND TRUST.
THIS IS A COMMUNITY COMMITMENT--
PLEASE DONATE.

SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 6 Bdrm, 6 Bath
home, 8,764 SQ FT on Magnolia Plantation Golf
Course. Parade of Homes Winner!! Every feature
and amenity imaginable including workshop,
pool, hot tub and gourmet kitchen w/top line dual
ovens. Oversized 3-car garage and Heated and
Cooled gym. $1,425,000.

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE
- COURTYARD PLAZA, BLUEWATER BAY.
1500 sq ft or more available now. 3/5 year term at
$16 per sq ft plus $535 CAM per month. Please
call for more details and showing to locate your
business to a truly professional building.

PEKiNBNO SHORT SALE VINTAGE
CIRCLE: 1800 Sq. Feet. All Brick home with Pool
and Lanai, Granite Counter tops. Well
Maintained. $210,000

[ Di SHORT SALE RED BAY
CT: 1820 Sq. Feet. 4/2 Built 2005, Excellent
Condition. $200,000

ENDaB~O SHORT SALE LOBLOLLY:
Stucco, 4/2Built 2005, 2377 Sq. Feet. Lakefront.
$200,000

PENBNO[i SHORT SALE LOLA
CIRCLE: 3/2 Updated throughout. $135,000




CALL
Jane Rainwater
(850) 897-1101
1-888-390-4450
Choose Baywalk,
YOU DESERVE THE BEST!
4566Hwy20E, Ste. 104 Niceville


Niceville, Crestview, Fort
Walton and outlying areas!
One bedroom to five
bedrooms from
$495-$2500!
Search online at:
OurLocalAgent. corn

Century 21
Wilson Minger Agency
Niceville's Top Selling Real Estate Office

729-6504




Call 678-
to Place Your Ad Today


ADVERTISING
SALES
The Beacon
Newspapers (The
Bay Beacon, The
Eglin Flyer, and The
Hurlburt Patriot)
have an opening for
a career-minded,
full-time person to
sell newspaper
advertising. Calling
on new customers
req uired .
Candidates should
be upbeat, ener-
getic, organized,
self-starting and
detail-oriented.
Salary plus commis-
sion. IRA plan and
paid vacation.
Candidates must be
available 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. weekdays. We
will train the right
person. Apply in
person at the
Beacon, 1181 John
Sims Parkway
(Parkway East
Shopping Center),
Niceville. No phone
calls.


Wilson Minger Agency
850-678-5161
800-369-2403


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402 Bally Way Prestigious home on 1/2 acre w/plenty of storage space. 2 bonus
rooms, 3BR/2BA. large kitchen with island & more. MLS513992 $398,000
620 Carr Drive Over 4100 square feet of spacious living in this fine home, plenty of
parking, storage and too many upgrades to mention. MLS#499198 $545.000
719 Earl Godwin Road New home in Horsebend Village w/3BR/2BA with a touch of
country, stainless steel, many windows, & much more. MLS#514969 $189,900
4374 Co Hwy. 83A 3BR/2BA Bayfront property featuring hardwoods, Corian
counters, 25x25 carport, workshop, gazebo & more. MLS#498397 $680,000
4475 New Market Road Beautiful home with plenty of privacy, formal dining,
cathedral ceilings, wood floors, large living room and more. MLS#513135 $339,000
1450 Oakmont Place Golf course home with recent upgrades on cul-de-sac, crown,
surround sound, sitting area in master suite & more. MLS#501542 $349.900
4346 Sunset Beach Circle Exquisite design & details make this a true gem, 4/3.5
home in gated community with surround sound and security, MLS#507118 $499,000
1805 Valparaiso Blvd. #10 3BR12BA townhome with boat slip and recently been
painted, new carpet, new bamboo flooring and more. MLS#509759 $184,900
129 Waterside Lane Lakefront custom 4BR/3BA home with dock, rich wood floors,
chefs kitchen, in ground safe, security system, & more. MLS#514769 $399,900
141 Whispering Way Seller moving...Bring all offers for this 4/3 home with too much
to mention....3 car garage, security, island and wine rack. MLS#506044 $349,000

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Furnished, Utilities Included
2/2: with loft: $1500/mo.+ Up
2/2: $1,400/mo.+ Up Pets O.K.
Unfurnished
2/2: $1,100/mo. Extra Large Patio
BWB UNFURNISHED
1/1: $750/mo. Ground Floor
Water/Sewer/Trash inc.
3/2: $1,100/mo. Patio Home
3/2: $1,100/mo. Garage
NICEVILLE UNFURNISHED
3/2 Townhouse: $1,200/mo.
Garage, Bayview
MOVE IN SPECIAL, GOOD TO 5/15/09
$650/mo. Last month's rent FREE
with a 12 month lease


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'03 Dodge Durango SLT, 3rd Row Seat, Rear A/C, Great Shape $7,990
'06 Hyundai Tiburon GT, Show Room! 17K Miles .... $12,890
'02 Honda Odyssey EX-L, Leather, DVD, NICE!...... $10,950
'06 Jeep Wrangler 4X4, 6sp, A/C, New Tires ........$12,900
'07 Jeep Commander, 3rd Row, AT, Like New .......$16,299
'04 Ford Ranger Edge, 4X4, V6, AT,44k Miles, Like New.. $12,959
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From


850-244-8600
www.hampton-auto.com
0 SW Hollywood Blvd. Fort Walton
S 11r factory and dealer incentives, military rebates applied, plus tax, tag, title and fees.


OICEVILLE


Jon Hall


'U0 BiMW AX3
$22,990


(850) 678-1302. Fax: (850) 678-2673
1010 John Sims Pkwy Niceville, FL 32578
www.nicevillepremierautos.com




SHRLIMRR AUTO EHCHRNGE
Save $1000's
with most still under
factory warranty!


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1200 N. Eglin Pkwy., Shalimar
651-5450


NEWSPAPER
DELIVERY
Earn extra cash of
$45 to $140 or
more each week in
your spare time!
The Bay Beacon
seeks a reliable
independent
contractor to insert,
bag, and deliver
newspapers
Tuesday night. You
must be over 21
and have a reliable
vehicle, a good
driving record, a
Florida driver's
license, and proof
of current liability
insurance. No
collecting duties.
Earnings vary
according to route
and work load.
Stop by the Bay
Beacon for an
information sheet
and to fill out an
application. The
Beacon 1181 E.
John Sims
Parkway, Niceville
850-678-1080
(Parkway East
Shopping Center
across from
PoFolks)


SEE NEWS HAPPENING?
Call the Beacon Newspapers
N at 678-1080


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